Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens: Biggest Takeaways from Game 6
Game 6 really wasn't that close, as the Canadiens scored early and put relentless pressure on the Bruins. Quite simply, Montreal was the more desperate team in blanking the Bruins, as reported by ESPN on Monday night.
Montreal was the quicker team, and it also took the play to the Bruins in registering over 30 hits on the night. It outhit Boston 40-35 and bruised the Big Bad Bruins all night long.
We're off to a Game 7 showdown on Wednesday night. Here are our Game 6 takeaways as fans of both clubs prepare for an exciting winner-takes-all game.
David Krejci and Brad Marchand Continue to Be M.I.A.
David Krejci and Brad Marchand have not scored a goal between them in the playoffs. It is rather stunning because Krejci has been a scoring dynamo in the playoffs in years past.
Krejci has three points in the 2013-14 playoffs after registering 26 in the 2012-13 playoffs.
Marchand has been a non-factor in most games and has had little impact on most nights. Game 6 was no different, as Krejci and Marchand were no-shows offensively.
If this duo has been saving something for a big game, Game 7 would be the time to let it all loose.
Habs Rocked the Bell Centre
The Flying Frenchmen came out hitting everything that moved. They ended the game with 39 hits with Boston registering 34.
While some might argue that this could play into the Bruins' hands, Zdeno Chara and Dougie Hamilton looked relatively ragged by the end of the game. The duo played a lot of tough minutes and logged over 40 minutes of ice time between them.
It was controlled physicality on the part of the Canadiens. The number of hits reflected the puck pressure exhibited all night.
Will the Habs be able to duplicate this effort on Wednesday night in Boston?
The Brick Wall Continues
The Montreal Canadiens continued to display fearlessness in their shot-blocking prowess.
The Habs blocked another 20 shots in Game 6. Several Canadiens were in on the act, with defender Mike Weaver logging four blocks against the Bruins.
The Bruins did win the Corsi battle, but the Habs thwarted several great scoring chances by sacrificing their bodies throughout the game.
The Canadiens are going to have to continue this shot-blocking if they hope to win Game 7 in hostile territory.
Max Pacioretty Has Joined the Party
Max Pacioretty has been putting forward a good effort in the series, and Monday night he was rewarded on the scoresheet.
The talented American had one goal and one assist. His goal came after a fortuitous bounce, and Pacioretty buried his chance on a breakaway. He also registered two more shots and was plus-one on the evening.
The Canadiens need Pacioretty to continue this strong play in Game 7.
Boston's scoring depth is a strength. If Montreal matches it on Wednesday night at TD Garden, they could be headed to the Eastern Conference Final.
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